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Hermantown's Plante spends golden years doing what he loves

By Rick Weegman, Duluth News-Tribune
Hermantown, Minn.

Hermantown boys hockey coach Bruce Plante (left) is in his 24th season with the Hawks. (Courtesy Duluth News Tribune)

At age 64 and retired from teaching, Bruce Plante could do anything he chooses in his golden years.

But what he enjoys more than anything is coaching high school hockey.

And that’s why Plante is still behind the bench entering his 24th season of coaching Hermantown’s boys team.

“I still love being around the game,” Plante said Tuesday. “These players I have are fun to coach and they do what we ask. It’s a pretty good gig right now.”

And what’s not to love? Hermantown is the unofficial Minnesota Class A public school champion three years running (two championship game losses to St. Thomas Academy and one to Breck).

Plante has been able to pull off a tough double over the years — he’s a players’ coach who still does things his way in an old-school manner. He professes loyalty to seniors who...

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